Purpose of the Review
In this review we will assess the worth of Cito! Lab Values for physicians and students as a reference tool.
For today’s physicians, the task of remembering the range values for every lab and test out there is quite a tricky one.
Having reference laboratory values with you at all times proves valuable to any health care provider.
Cito! Lab Values is an app developed by a Russian company named Grab App who seems to be fairly new to the Android scene.
A few weeks ago, one of the Editors at iMedicalApps, Tim Aungst, highlighted some of the issues regarding plagiarism in medical reference apps.
He highlighted a recent case in the BMJ where three doctors were accused of plagiarizing the Doctor’s Guide to Critical Appraisal. The app was called Critical APPraisal, and was released in July 2011.
By: Mohamed Elawad
The Union of Syrian Medical Relief Organizations is connecting US Doctors with their Syrian counterparts in order to assist them with the ever-increasing medical needs created by the war in their country which has left over 100,000 dead. This process has been made possible via secret Skype sessions. Voice of America (VOA) was recently given access to one such session in which a 19-year-old with periphery nerve damage as a result of a shot to the leg was receiving surgery.
Dr Abdalmajid Katranji, a hand surgeon based in Michigan who had volunteered, was on hand to consult. (read more)
Take home point
A systematic review of the use of apps and text messaging aimed at reducing cardiovascular disease risk found that these technologies have a positive effect on health promoting behaviors.
More than half of the studies reported significant results in at least one outcome of weight loss, physical activity, dietary intake, decreased BMI, decreased waist circumference, sugar-sweetened beverage intake, screen time, and satisfaction/acceptability outcomes.
While there has been past research on the use of tools like website and email to show they can have an impact on health, there has been little evidence demonstrating the impact of apps or text messaging. As a result, researchers conducted a systematic review of studies on mobile phone technology to determine user satisfaction and effectiveness of smartphone applications and text messaging interventions at promoting weight reduction and physical activity.
As anyone who is familiar with the hospital setting or has required inpatient care in the past can attest to, the hospital setting is almost exclusively spent treating disease, but not preventing it. For patients, the overall hospital experience is a passive one. You are told by your physician what disease brought you in, you are given treatments, and you are given daily updates on how those treatments are either working or not. (read more)
By: Steven Chan, MD
Health 2.0’s annual conference starts next week at a new venue in California’s famous Silicon Valley. The conference focuses on business aspects and the economics of healthcare, and features product launches from start-ups and established companies. iMedicalApps will be there to cover the latest health technologies and demos. (read more)
We are looking for information about all available app developers that are interested in collaborating with clinicians to bring ideas borne from their experience to fruition.
iMedicalApps frequently gets inquiries from healthcare professionals who–facing the many inefficiencies and inadequacies of daily practice–have ideas on how an app could improve their practice.
While we can’t say that every idea we hear is a slam dunk, there certainly have been some insightful concepts that we’ve come across. (read more)
There are an abundance of apps available for medical education. They range from learning basic anatomy to the most nuanced details of cardiac pressure-volume loops.
We’ve also highlighted a number of apps that help teach procedural skills using, in general, text and video.
Unique among them, one group has taken the additional step of attempting to validate their app as effective in improving actual procedural skills.
By: Christopher Matthews
Networking and Socializing
You’re a networker, bustling around, making contacts, collecting so many business cards. So how do you organize them? Personally, I like to digitize those business cards.
Think about it. You just made a solid new contact at a medical conference. Great!
Networking in action! It helps you to find a new job, learn about a new product or training, catch up with a colleague from years past, or maybe even learn about that new hot drug on the market.
Now you need a way to remember their info to get a hold of them later. They just said, “Here, let me give you my business card.” You graciously accept it and subsequently drop that in the free promotional materials bag right next to the 200 others that are probably meaningless. (read more)
Iltifat Husain MD (@iltifatMD) contributed to this piece
Recently there have been signs Apple is taking the reliability and content of medical apps sold through the App Store more seriously.
iMedicalApps recently reported that medical apps containing drug dosages were being rejected from the App Store. Further information has now become available that suggests Apple is now looking to ensure the information contained in each medical app is appropriately validated.
It appears a number of developers have had requests to release or update medical apps rejected on the basis of incomplete metadata as per the screenshot below. Specifically, Apple is requesting information regarding the source of the medical information contained in the app.
The Misfit Wearables Shine activity tracker is unashamedly Apple-inspired. From its date of formation (founded on the day of Steve Jobs’ passing) to its name, (inspired by Apple’s “Here’s to the Crazy Ones” 90′s ad campaign) to its leadership (co-founder John Sculley is a former CEO of Apple Inc), the Shine pays homage to Apple’s embrace of both form and function.
From their own FAQ page, they proclaim that the Shine’s primary goal is to be a fitness tracker that is, “so beautiful, people would wear even if it wasn’t working.” Misfit Wearables also has some medical pedigree, as co-founder Sonny Vu previously helped invent the previously reviewed iBG Star iPhone glucometer.
As the fitness tracker industry becomes more crowded with competitors, the Shine hopes to stand out with its good looks and high-quality design, while incorporating complex features such as sleep tracking.